Paula Kanne

Paula Kanne



Paula is an Associate in the Corporate Group where she assists public and private clients, including cooperatives, with respect to political law and domestic and international corporate transactions, including the licensing and commercialization of technology assets and mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to her Corporate work, Paula is an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a Council Member of the International Business Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and also the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Minnesota.

Prior to joining Dorsey, Paula worked at U.S. Bank as a Paralegal for more than 3 years. Before joining U.S. Bank, Paula was a litigator for Banco do Brasil in Brazil where she worked for six years and handled a portfolio of hundreds of labor and employment cases. Simultaneously, she also started and managed her own legal practice in Brasilia, Brazil dealing with a variety of commercial and civil matters. Her first legal experience was as a Clerk at the State of Goias Attorney General’s Office also in Brazil.

Education & Admissions

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.), cum laude, Dean’s List

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) - Brazil (M.B.A. in Tax Law)

Centro de Ensino Superior Unificado de Brasilia - Brazil (J.D. Law)


  • Minnesota
  • Brazil
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • Fluent in Portuguese and English

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Webinar Playback: Shareholder Proposals: Strategies and Tactics

Industries & Practices

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Corporate Trust Services
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • International Trade
  • Latin America
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Director of the Brazil-Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – September 2015-June 2018
  • American Heart Association Ambassador – 2013-2016
  • Council Member for the International Section of the MSBA
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


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  • 2014 Kirwin Professionalism Prize (William Mitchell College of Law)
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016-2018
Paula Kanne